The National Association of Men's Morris & Sword Dance Clubs

Brackley

Brackley Morris Dancers, August Bank Holiday 1914Brackley & Whitfield Morris Men. August Bank Holiday 1913  According to Cecil Sharp 'Brackley's morris dancing won for it a great reputation in the neighbourhood, notably in those villages through which the dancers passed on their way to Stow House , near Buckingham, the performance at which was the chief event of the Whitsuntide festivities.  Many of the villages - Fritton, Middleton-Cheney, Dadford, Westbury etc., contrinuted dancers who would take their place in the Side when Brackley men danced in the streets of their respective villages. Some of theses villages supported sides of theire own, but dances were little more than reproductions, more or less accurate, of those of the parent-village.'

 

The dances and tunes as listed in A Handbook of Morris Dances

  1. The Captain With His Whiskers, Brackley 1, Jour EFDSS, Dec 1955
  2. The Captain With His Whiskers, Brackley 2, CJS from Tyler
  3. The Month of May, Brackley, MDT
  4. Shooting, Brackley, Jour EFDSS, Dec 1955
  5. Bean Setters, Brackley, Jour EFDSS, Dec 1955
  6. The Rose Tree in Full Bearing, Brackley, RKS (MSS)
  7. Balancy Straw (Bob and Joan) Brackley, CJS from F.Smith (RD)
  8. The Captain With His Whiskers, Brackley 3, RKS from Blackwell & Giles, 1937
  9. Shepherds' Hey, Brackley, RKS from Blackwell & Giles, 1937
  10. Jockie to the Fair, Brackley 1, MDT
  11. Maid of the Mill, Brackley 1, MDT (Col. in Abingdon)
  12. Old Woman Who Carried a Broom, Brackley, MDT (This tune is from Steeple Claydon)
  13. Old Woman Tossed Up, Brackley, CJS(MSS) : also Jour EFDSS
  14. Bonnets So Blue, Brackley, Hamer from Kendall (RKS MSS version is a little different)
  15. Haste to the Wedding, Brackley, RKS from Blackwell, 1937
  16. Jockie to the Fair, Brackley 2, Jour EFDSS, Dec 1955
  17. Maid of the Mill, Brackley 2, CJS from T.Howard (1909) (RD)
  18. Maid of the Mill, Brackley 3, CJS from T.Howard (1922) (RD)
  19. Maid of the Mill, Brackley 4, CJS from T.Howard (1922) (RD) Also RKS from Giles, (1937)
  20. For Bacca Pipes Jig, see Hinton
Sources: 
MB III. FH (EDS, July 1950; Jour.EFDSS, Dec 1955)
Sharp's material was collected partly from John Stutsbury in Hinton-in-the-Hedges, near Brackley, and partly from Timothy Howard in Brackley. FH, after studying Sharp's MSS and meeting old dancers in Brackley, concluded that there were two separate traditions, Brackley and Hinton. RD doubts this, that Stutsbury had been a Brackley dancer who had moved to Hinton and taught a new side. Since however distinct differences in the dancing appear to have developed in Hinton I {LB} have decided to follow FH and treat them as separate traditions.
   

Dance tunes for this tradition

ABC Sheet music mp3
Balancy Straw Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Bean Setters Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Bonnets So Blue Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Haste to the Wedding Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Jockie to the Fair (Jour) Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Jockie to the Fair MDT Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Shepherds' Hey Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Shooting Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Captain With His Whiskers (Jour) Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Captain With His Whiskers CJS from Tyler Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Captain With His Whiskers RKS Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Maid of the Mill CJS from T Howard 1909 Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Maid of the Mill CJS from T Howard 1922 Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Maid of the Mill CJS from W Howard 1922 Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Maid of the Mill MDT Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Month of May MDT Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Old Woman Tossed Up Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Old Woman Who Carried a Broom Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Rose Tree in Full Bearing Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF